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About Kevin J.

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Kevin has been a guitarist for more than 28 years. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University earning a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar. He went on to earn a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the University of North Texas.

Kevin has been fortunate enough to have studied with some of the world's foremost classical guitarists. In addition to instruction from Tom Johnson, professor of guitar at UNT, he has studied privately for a number of years with Christopher McGuire, a pupil of Andres Segovia and a very well respected member of the guitar community. With the help of these mentors, Kevin was able to perform in master classes of numerous world famous classical guitarists, including Manuel Barrueco, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Jason Vieaux and Pepe Romero.

"Kevin has demonstrat
ed a great understanding of both the technical and artistic elements of music. He is one of the finest students I've taught in my twenty seven years of teaching." - Christopher McGuire, 2002

Kevin
has performed extensively in concerts, recitals and competitions as a
solo artist and as a member of various guitar ensembles. He has served
as guest performer/lecturer for colleges in Oklahoma and Texas, and has
served on the music faculty of various academies and junior colleges.
The classical training he has received has enabled Kevin to excel at
many styles of guitar playing. He has performed with numerous rock
bands as lead guitarist, and is also half of the acoustic guitar duo Almost Spanish.

*** Lesson Details ***
FUN AND EFFECTIVE. My lessons are always tailored to the individual student, but all students learn music theory in addition to guitar. I am thorough, but not overly strict. And don't worry, it won't feel like homework.

I believe that music lessons should be fun for the student. If you enjoy the lessons, you will more likely enjoy practicing and will therefore achieve better results. So I make sure to include songs and tricks that the student really likes in the curriculum.

I use a variety of methods, depending on the student.

Within 6 months, my guitar students can expect to have a strong understanding of basic music theory and how to apply that knowledge to the guitar. They will know how to read music in both guitar tablature and standard notation. If they have practiced, they will be able to play complete songs that have been chosen along the way. More advanced students will find that they have improved technique, improved accuracy and control, improved tone, and stronger improvisational skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is comfortable, and fully equipped with all the necessary tools for great lessons, including amps, cables, effects pedals, and audio/video recording equipment for those who wish to have a recorded copy of their lessons.

*** Specialties ***
The majority of my expertise in in classical guitar and electric rock guitar.
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Connie B. December 5, 2014
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great instructor!!
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StaciaS February 19, 2011
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I enjoyed my initial lesson with Kevin. He was able to quickly discern foundational where I am and what I need to be understand/learn before I can progress in order to reach my personal goal. I look forward to the next few lessons with Kevin.
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ElenaB February 5, 2010
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My daughter really enjoyed learning from Kevin because of his expertise, patience and what an "awesome" instructor he is! She especially appreciated the fact that he geared all lessons towards her music style and interests. I myself enjoyed having him for my daughters instructor because of his professionalism, punctuality and calm demeanor. Kevin always made the time to answer any questions I had. We highly recommend Kevin!
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Denver, CO 80233
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About Ricardo P.

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Broomfield, CO

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About Ricardo
I have been a professional musician and teacher all my adult life. Music is my passion and has always been how I make a living. I teach piano/keyboards, guitar, voice, bass and ukulele. I studied classical piano at SUNY at Buffalo and I initially learned to play guitar and singing on my own. Years later I studied voice and guitar with great professional instructors. I am familiar with different ways of learning music: from very structured and traditional methods (that we use in classical music) to more improvisational and "by ear" approaches as we often do in popular music. This helps me tailor my music teaching specifically to each student based on his/her musical preferences, abilities and learning style. I can teach all styles of music including: Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, many different Latin styles including Salsa, B
olero and Bossa Nova.
I have performed all over the US and toured many countries including Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, England and France. I have recorded more than 100 CDs for many artists (as well as my own original music) as a pianist/keyboardist, singer, guitarist and music producer. I have won many awards including most recently the Best Blues Band award as the pianist, guitarist and singer for the Lionel Young Band at the International Blues Challenge (the largest competition of blues bands in the world).
I have taught music through my whole career. Many of my students have gone on to study music as a career and have become successful professional musicians.
I am very comfortable teaching all levels from professional musicians to very beginners at any age.
I currently lead and perform with my group. We perform concerts, private events and some club work. My life as a professional musician has given me a lot of knowledge to share with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I adjust my approach based on what you want to learn, always with an emphasis on learning as much as possible while making the lessons fun and enjoyable. If you are a beginning piano/keyboard or guitar student I can teach you the basics of how to read music and how to play chords in the first few months and then we can decide whether you are interested in playing written music or more improvisational styles. I use different method books depending on the student and sometimes I use just my teaching materials if you are only interested in improvisational styles like Rock or Blues guitar or piano (for example). If you are a voice student, I teach with a combination of learning songs you like and using a CD/MP3s of vocal exercises that help develop good vocal technique. Whatever your instrument and musical preference you can be sure we'll have fun and you'll be making music from the very start!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha upright piano and keyboards. I have acoustic and electric guitars, bass and amps. I have Shure Sm-58 mics to teach microphone technique with.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have his/her own instrument and metronome (or equivalent) must purchase course book(s) if needed..

*** Specialties ***
I teach different styles depending on the students goals. I can teach a traditional classical style for those interested in classical music and I can teach more practical approaches for popular music such as learning by chords (for instrumental students- not voice obviously) and learning improvisation through scales, arpeggios and music theory.
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Michael October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
On top of being a great piano, voice, and guitar teacher, Ricardo is a brilliant musician with a varied and rich musical history. I came to Ricardo looking to improve on my classical piano skills, and ended up learning blues piano and some great techniques for learning how to play popular songs on the piano. He also helped me with voice and guitar.

I found Ricardo's lessons to be engaging, mentally stimulating, challenging, and fun. When I was playing blues piano, he would jam along with me on the guitar to help me get better at playing with others, and not just solo. He did the same thing for me when teaching me on the guitar as well, it was a blast! He pushed me to be a better musician in general - I came to him with a very narrow focus and he broadened my musical horizons. Thank you Ricardo for helping me become a better piano player, vocalist, and guitar player!
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Bryce D. October 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great to work with.
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Chery E. September 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ricardo listened closely to my goals, analyzed the level that I'm currently at and prepared a personalized practice system for me that I'm excited about! I recommend him highly.
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Ricardo P.

Broomfield, CO 80020
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About Julian Y.

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Boulder, CO

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My musical background is uniquely rooted in classical training and popular music (non-classical) experience. I have professionally played toured and/or taught on a variety of instuments including Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Voice for the past 8 years all over the world. My main focus has been bass guitar, on which I've played in over a dozen local bands. In addition, I received my Music BA from CU Boulder in 2014. My classical training in combination with my experience as a song writer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader gives me a uniquely well-rounded teaching style. I aim to teach and inspire students to use music as a joyful platform for learning important skills such as diligent practice, cognitive flexibilty, and creative expression.

Growing up and playing in Hawaii and Colorado, I have had the opportunity to l
earn from prolific, passionate and talented musicians from all over the globe. With my students, I love to share my experience, appreciation for eclecticism, nuance and groove while also emphasizing the importance of a theoretical foundation in music and comprehension of aural skills (hearing music in a theoretical context) as a means to fluent apprehension in any genre. Ultimately, this makes me a very flexible and expeditious teacher. What would you like to learn?

If you have any questions, or would like to chat, please feel free to call me at three O three 5032572 or message me via my Take Lessons profile. I look forward to it!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide most necessary lesson materials, however it is necessary that students have their own instruments on which to play and practice. I may request that students buy some materials such as tuners (for stringed instruments), lesson books, or music applications, but these are optional purchases.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can teach in my home studio in South Boulder if that is your preference. The studio has keyboard, bass, drums, guitar, ukulele and vocal microphones. Students should bring their own instruments to the studio lessons (drums and piano provided in the studio) Parents may attend the lessons if they choose.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, West-African Highlife, Funk, and Soul

***Some additional background to my experience***
I grew up "noodling". I avoided the difficult task of learning to read proficiently until I was almost 18. Looking back I realize that for me, music was a way to relax and pause internal dialogue. I would create music, especially on the piano that was entirely my own, and based solely on intuition. I got by in piano lessons and choir for so many years as kid by relying on an intuitive ability to aurally recall music and "play by ear". Eventually, I was turned on to the necessity of being able to read when I was accepted into a nationally competitive choral program at Fairview High School under the direction of Ron Revier. Shortly after that, I picked up a guitar and discovered music theory.
Realizing that reading, and theory were inherently different things allowed by to accelerate quickly at music theory which opened so many doors for me creatively. Suddenly, my ability to improvise in context and write my own songs was born.
I realized that every note I sang or played was part of an essential structure, whether or not I was paying attention to it. This is why I particularly enjoy teaching aural skills, sight reading, and music theory in conjunction with whatever repertoire or skillset a student wants to learn. These things facilitate becoming one's own teacher which is the most important thing I can pass on to a student. If you can contextualize everything you hear, you can more easily pursue whatever type of music inspires you.
Understanding theoretical things like musical modes creates a structure around the seemingly elusive nature of musical improvisation. It comes naturally to some, but is stubbornly avoided by others. I assure you, anyone can do it with some guidance. Through the years, I have developed a handful of shortcuts and tools that allow elementary musicians to start creating their own music that is not necessarily oriented in genre or style, but can be applied to all of them. I look forward to sharing my passion with new students!
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Grant -. November 16, 2017
· Guitar · In home
This was my 14 y/o and my very first lesson. We learned chords, strum patterns, and melody. Super fun evening! Julian even gave my 12 y/o a lesson on his drum set while we practiced on our guitars. Now the family is hooked! Excited for our lesson next week.
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David June 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Julian has spent lots and lots of fun time with his nephews and nieces (age 13-2), playing music with and teaching--ukulele, piano, guitar and drums over the last few years, and as a result they all have some great skills, confidence, and excitement about music. He's kind and very tuned in to where his students are.
I'm his Dad so I've seen how rewarding it can be for his students. He's also given me a basic set of skills on the guitar. It goes without saying, I recommend him highly!!
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Josh D. December 10, 2015
· Guitar · Online
Great instructor.
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Julian Y.

Julian Y.

Boulder, CO 80305
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About Diego C.

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Denver, CO
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About Diego
I'm a very passionate and energetic individual who enjoys working with motivated and energetic students of all ages. Whether an absolute beginner or a more advanced player, we can work on and refine your style depending on your aspirations and goals.

Style: I teach primarily classical and acoustic guitar focusing on contemporary as well as older styles. From Renaissance to Baroque, 18th century and modern, each lesson will be tailored to your needs and ability.

It is important to develop a good right and left hand technique, whether finger-style or by using a pick. It's also important to focus on sight-reading both notation and tab (depending on your level), that way you'll be able to learn songs a lot faster and easier. We will work on ensemble music and practice, so that playing with others is not a completely unknown experience f
or you.This will also make you grow not only as a guitarist, but also a musician. Performance practice is something that you'll be doing for the rest of your life, therefore performance anxiety is something that affects you both physically and mentally. For that matter, we will focus on maintaining a good posture while playing, that way you can give your best performance while playing.

Lessons: I teach primarily from home, and travel to students' homes when I have to. I have my own guitars, amplifiers and gear. Although I do ask the student to bring the following:

Notebook and a pencil (not pen)
Music stand
tuner

I can provide the sheet music/tab initially, although it's important for the student to purchase his own materials eventually.

Specialties: I focus primarily on three methods (although not exclusive).

1. The Principles of Correct Practice for Guitar
2. Pumping Nylon
3."Bridges" guitar series by the Royal Conservatory

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards,

Diego C.
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Isabel V. October 29, 2014
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My 13 year old is learning so much from Diego and is always happy when lesson time approaches.
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Diego C.

Denver, CO 80233
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About Sarah U.

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Broomfield, CO

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A Flute Performance Graduate from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.

My goal is to continuously create a fun and positive environment in lessons. I love to inspire others and help them play better. I teach any skill level from learning notes to refining your performance skills.
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Liz N. August 7, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Fantastic teacher! My daughter loved taking flute with Sarah over the summer.
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Jessica B. July 25, 2017
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Sarah has been teaching my daughter piano for several months now and we couldn't be more pleased. She's a wonderful instructor, very kind and patient, and a very knowledgeable and talented musician! Highly recommend!
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Ava H. April 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
She was so kind and patient with our daughter, we are looking forward to working with Sarah.
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Sarah U.

Broomfield, CO 80020
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About Megan H.

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Boulder, CO
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About Megan
Megan is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance with Professor Harumi Rhodes at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She recently served as a Kalamazoo Symphony Artist Scholar while completing her Master of Music and Artist Diploma in Violin Performance at Western Michigan University, where she served as the graduate teaching assistant to Professor Renata Artman Knific. Megan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Scott Conklin. Megan has held principal positions with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra as well as the University of Iowa Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and section positions with the Southwest Michigan and Holland Symphony Orchestras.
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Megan H.

Megan H.

Boulder, CO 80302
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About Kohl A.

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Denver, CO

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Short Version:

I have a degree from the IU School of Music and have been teaching for over 23 years. This December will be my 17th annual student recital.

I perform instrumental acoustic guitar music for weddings, receptions and upscale cocktail parties. I've also recently put together a band to perform Southern Rock and Texas Blues and we’ve been getting a great response at all the events we’ve been playing this Summer!

I'm recently remarried, have a 13 year old daughter and love living in Colorado!

I started teaching through a music store in Longmont, CO soon after graduating from the Indiana University School of Music. After that store closed I continued teaching through different music academies and have averaged 30+ students per week.

Long version:

My name is Kohl and I am a graduate of Indiana University's Scho
ol of Music where I studied Classical Guitar & Music Theory. I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and have 23 years teaching experience. Over the years I have taught at Wildwood Music in Longmont & Louisville, Keith Music in Longmont, the CMIC in Longmont, the Music Education Center in Northglenn, and the Intermezzo Music Academy in Westminster. I'm now doing guitar lessons at my home studio in Northglenn.

As a teacher, I have a very straight forward, easy-to-progress approach that works great with any age of student ranging from beginning to advanced levels in the styles of Acoustic, Electric, Finger Picking, Classical, or 'Fingerstyle' Guitar!
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Christina Almblad December 28, 2016
· Guitar ·
My oldest son has been taking lessons with D. Kohl for 3 1/2 years and my younger son for about 6 months. We couldn't ask for a better teacher! My boys have very different personalities and D. Kohl is able to alter his teaching style just enough to get through to them wonderfully! And the results I get to enjoy while they practice is awesome!! I HIGHLY recommend!
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Kohl A.

Denver, CO 80234
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About Kathryn H.

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Boulder, CO

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Kathryn Harms performs regularly throughout Colorado with recent highlights including performances with the Boulder Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Ars Nova Singers. Equally at home in an orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber group, or as a soloist, she is eager to collaborate with other performers in addition to her solo endeavors.

Harms made her international solo debut in 2012 at Mukogawa Women's University in Nishinomiya, Japan as the featured Ball State exchange-soloist after winning first place in the Undergraduate Concerto Competition. In addition to her recital in Japan, she performed the Liberamente capriccioso-Vivace from Ginastera's Harp Concerto with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. In 2010, she placed first in the Jan Pennington Gray National Harp Scholarship Competition an
d was selected as a national finalist in the Anne Adams Awards harp competition.

Harms received her Bachelor's of Music in Performance from Ball State University and her Master's of Music in Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder. A passionate pedagogue, she has been teaching privately for more than a decade. Through her own extensive studies with notable pedagogues, she has experienced a wide variety of instructional approaches as well as vastly different teachings styles. Harms tailors every lesson to fit each student's specific needs and wants.
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Kathryn H.

Kathryn H.

Boulder, CO 80305
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About Chas B.

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Broomfield, CO

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Cellist Chas is a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he serves as a teaching assistant to Professor David Requiro. He previously attended the University of Oregon on a full scholarship graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in cello performance. At graduation, Chas was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Strings by the UO School of Music & Dance faculty. During his time at University of Oregon, Chas’s cello teacher was Professor Steven Pologe. He also received regular coaching in chamber music from Professor David Riley and orchestral repertoire from Professor Kathryn Lucktenberg. In 2013-14, Chas received a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Scholarship to study with Professor Claudio Bohórquez at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany. He
also studied with Professor Bohórquez during the summer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to study with his primary teachers, Chas has participated in masterclasses and lessons including with Efe Baltacigil, Mark Kosower, Christopher Costanza, Lynn Harrell, Ronald Leonard, Stephen Balderston, Stephen Geber, Joshua Roman and Alisa Weilerstein.
Chas has appeared as a concerto soloist including with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Rogue Valley Symphony, Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and the Marrowstone Summer Festival Chamber Orchestra in Bellingham, Washington. As a high school student in Ashland, Oregon studying with Thomas Stauffer, Chas won the OSAA State Solo Music Championship and the Oregon ASTA Solo Competition. As a member of the Schoenard Piano Trio, Chas was a junior division semi-finalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has also performed solo as part of a young artist recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
A devoted teacher, Chas has served on the faculties of the University of Oregon Community Music Institute, the UO High School Orchestra Camp and the Chamber Music Camp of Portland. Chas also received Suzuki Teacher Training and completed coursework in pedagogy at both the University of Oregon and the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. Along with his teaching assistantship at CU Boulder, Chas maintains a private studio in Broomfield, Colorado.
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Carla November 19, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Chase is one of the most passionate and talented Cello Teachers that I know. My daughter has come a very long way in the short amount of time that she has been working with him. He is able to adapt any learning style and knows when to challenge my daughter. I look forward to taking my daughter to practice every week and watching the two of them work together and play. You or your child would be incredibly fortunate to have him as an instructor.
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Broomfield, CO 80020
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About Carley C.

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Passionate, creative, hard-working musician with experience in music therapy, music education, and early childhood music and movement in the foothills of Colorado. I facilitate spaces in which the healing power of music can shape and transform student's lives, providing a means for creative, emotional, and social expression. With over 10 years of performance experience and a degree from Berklee College of Music, I bring a dedication to mastery and artistic development to all of my students. Using a person-centered approach, I am flexible in my teaching style and aim to support the arising needs of students. I have experience teaching flute, ukulele, guitar, piano, voice, and drums, with people ranging from 4-80 years of age. Students can expect to work on skills that support a well rounded musical lifestyle, including practice strategy, t
echnique, tone development, joyous playing, scales, harmony, performance coaching, composition/songwriting, repertoire, improvisation, social media outreach, band coaching/arranging, and artist development. I aim to meet the ongoing needs of students. I look forward to meeting you!
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Carley C.

Longmont, CO 80501
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